Friday, November 15, 2019

Deadly Deceit By Natalie Walters

Deadly Deceit
by Natalie Walters
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 9780800735333

Somehow I've ended up reading a lot of suspense lately. I don't know how since I'm typically a historical fiction reader. Maybe I've lost my mind. Oh, and have I mentioned *cough cough* that Deadly Deceit is book 2 in a series and I haven't read the first one yet? Gulp! Oops I did it again. Thanks to Revell for the opportunity to get to know Natalie Walter's writing with this review. I've already downloaded book 1 since it was free for Prime members last week! Woot!


Welcome back to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name--but no one knows your secret.
Independent and tenacious journalist Vivian DeMarco is back in Walton, Georgia, for one reason--to do her job and get out. When her boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, Vivian's only hope for finding the truth--and the next big story--is small-town law enforcement's lanky poster boy, Deputy Ryan Frost. But the deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes. False leads, incriminating emails, and someone called the Watcher force Vivian to fight for answers--and her life

My Review:

I think I'm going to have to start keeping track of how well I like a suspense novel by how many nails I devour while I'm reading. I read Deadly Deceit in about a day and a half and two of my "nails" are basically gone. By page 2, I was messaging Natalie saying how ominous the story was already. It was one of those situations where you KNOW things aren't going to go well with the characters, but you have no way to tell them!

I refrained throughout the rest of the book by not messaging her things like, "Is it just me or are things getting steamy in here?" and, "Oh my gosh, this section of the book was so stinking hysterical I laughed out loud!" or, "I think I know who the Watcher is, am I right?!"

Vivian, I liked her from the start. She's a reporter who wants to get the story and understand what's necessary to do it, but she also has a conscience. When her boss' death becomes the story, Vivian's world is turned upside down. This is a gal you did NOT want to hand out with in this book. If something could go wrong or put her in danger, it did!

Cue the entrance of Deputy Ryan Frost. He was a great leading man. He's a no nonsense guy who wants to help solve the death of Vivian's boss, Harold. At the same, he's drawn to Vivian. There's definitely a conundrum when it comes to his work, the future he has planned, and now Vivian.

The twists and turns in this story will have you constantly checking your gps! Each answer seems to lead to more questions. Just when you think you might know who the Watcher is, BOOM, something else happens! And let's talk about the Watcher. I can see what this character does being southing we'd see on the nightly news. The Watcher is elusive to any who try to find the person and petrifying to the ones the person finds!

I liked the writing of the author and since this is my first dive into her writing I'll definitely be back for more. I felt like I was sucked into the story and didn't want to be disturbed as I read. The banter between the characters was great whether it was serious or funny. Actually, the lines where the characters are giving each other a hard time are the part I enjoyed most. The story did get a bit intense on the romantic side, more than I'm used to, but every writer is different as with every reader. It wasn't ever inappropriate, but it did have me wanting to reach for a fan. HA!

I'm off to read book one as I anticipate book two which comes out in 2020! 

About the Author:

Natalie Walters is the author of Living Lies and Deadly Deceit. A military wife of 22 years, she currently resides in Hawaii with her soldier husband and their three kids. She writes full-time and has been published in Proverbs 31 magazine and has blogged for Guideposts online. In addition to balancing life as a military spouse, mom, and writer, she loves connecting on social media, sharing her love of books, cooking, and traveling. Natalie comes from a long line of military and law enforcement veterans and is passionate about supporting them through volunteer work, races, and writing stories that affirm no one is defined by their past. Learn more at


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